Pillow Talk – Noise Abatement

by Perry Pillow, AATC's Director of Government Affairs

Noise increasingly dominates our politics. Yell louder, scream longer, rant often, so your point is heard and, more importantly, your opponent’s views are silenced. Faux outrage works until the audience becomes bored or something more outrageous appears in the political arena.

AATC advocacy efforts operate in this chaotic environment.  From the supreme court nominee debate to potential presidential impeachment and bathroom bills to local-control, distractions abound.  In politics, it is easy to get pulled into an unwinnable fight.

AATC members must resist the temptation to respond to every social media post that ruffles our political feathers.

All of us hold deeply-personal political views on economic policy, social issues, and national security matters.   Our faith, background, experience, demographic, and socio-economic status inform and form these beliefs.  When involved with AATC advocacy, our collective challenge is to subordinate our personal pollical opinions in favor of those that benefit AATC.  Personal political passion is great.  Channeling that enthusiasm is better.  Being a part of a credible, trustworthy, and reliable multifamily advocacy effort is best.

AATC is a non-partisan organization. AATC supports candidates and public policies that support multifamily housing industry opposes those that adversely impact the industry. AATC advocacy is all about residential rental housing.  Nothing more, nothing less.  If it is good for AATC members, we are for it.  If it is bad for AATC members, we are against it.

If you want less noise and more action, considering joining the AATC Government Affairs Committee.   To sign-up for AATC GAC click on the following link:  https://aatcnet.wufoo.com/forms/zw046lt0usvfmz/

GET OUT AND VOTE – Early voting begins October 22ndand ends November 2ndfor the November 6thgeneral election.  AATC enthusiastically supports the re-election efforts of AATC members and Republican state representatives Stephanie Klick(HD-91) and Craig Goldman(HD – 97).

In addition, AATC, NAA, and TAA are actively supporting the following candidates in the November 5thgeneral election.  In congressional races, we recommend incumbent Democrat Marc Veasey(CD-33) and Republican incumbents Michael Burgess(CD-26), Kay Granger (CD-12), Kenny Marchant(CD -24) and Roger Williams (CD – 25).  AATC and NAA PAC endorse Republican Ron Wright(CD – 6).

State-wide:  Republicans Abbott, Governor; Patrick, Lieutenant Governor; Hegar, Comptroller; Paxton, Attorney General; and Bush, Land Commissioner.  State-wide judicial:  Republicans Blaylock, Devine, and Brown. State Senate:  Republicans Hancock (SD 9) and Burton(SD-10).  State representative:  Republicans Burns(HD-58), King(HD – 61), Krause(HD-93),Tinderholt(HD 94), Zedler(HD-96), Goldman(HD-97), Capriglione(HD-98), and Geren(HD-99); as well as, Democrats Romero(HD 90) and Collier(HD-95).

Justice of the Peace:   Democrats DeLeon(JP 5) and Woodard(JP 8) and Republicans Swearingin(JP 1), Curnutt (JP 2),Brandt (JP3), Gregory(JP 4), Charbonnet(JP 6), and Hayes (JP 7).  County-wide: Republicans Whitley, County Judge; Nguyen, Commissioner P2; Wilder, District Clerk; Garcia, County Clerk; and Wilson, District Attorney.

Voter Registration Deadline– The deadline to register to vote and be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2018 election is October 9, 2018. To register to vote, go to http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/

Arlington City Council Term Limits– Arlington voters will have a retroactive, city council term-limit proposal on the November 6thballot.  The proposal limits council members to three two-year terms.  If enacted, 5 current city council members (included the mayor) would be impacted.  AATC encourages Arlington residents to vote NO on this initiative.

AATC Partnering to End Military Veterans Homelessness– The Apartment Association of Tarrant County (AATC) is partnering with the City of Fort Worth (CFW) and the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) to identified available units for homeless military veterans.  If your company is willing to consider housing a homeless military veteran, please click on the below link and complete the online form. The form asks you to indicate screening criteria your company would be willing to waive. AATC will compile a list of properties willing to consider housing homeless military veterans and share this list with CFW and the TCHC. A TCHC case manager will contact you about available units. Please click on the following link and complete the form: